QA: Karen Strolia

story hour

What inspired you to take this photo? Every night my husband reads stories to the kids as they are slipping into sleep. This was taken about three months after we adopted our pooch from the humane society. Turns out, he liked story timetoo.

Why did you capture this photo the way you did? The only light at that moment was the nightlight in the hallway. I opted to shoot in black and white, which seemed to grab and hold onto the details that caught my eye. And well, I’m a sucker for this ant-like perspective, too.

What were you feeling? What mood were you in? What parent doesn’t want to capture every possible moment of their kid’s childhood? This is a staple moment from our everyday. As an artist and a parent, it was simply my job to capture the moment. I was elated that the dog didn’t suddenly stir at this giant box pointed at his face.

How did you plan this photo? There was no planning involved. It was me with my Hasselblad, my husband with Winnie the Pooh, two kids in their beds, and the dog snoozing. Very impromptu.

What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I shot this with Kodak’s BW400CN, so there was no post-processing. This was a scan of the print I got back from the lab.

Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? My connection to the subject ~ he is the most amazing four-legged I’ve ever been privileged to spend time with. He’s amazing for the soul. The feet belong to the most amazing husband. He is also amazing for the soul. And the location is a main thoroughfare in our home ~ the hallway.

General Photography Questions:

Why is Photography important to you? Internally, photography grounds me. Life can be so hectic at times, even overwhelming. My art allows me to think, breath, and sort through whatever it is weighing my boots down. By the time I’m done with a shoot, it’s like I’ve had a solid twenty minute nap with a message on the side. Externally, it’s amazing how much changes from day to day. Looking back at collections from even five years ago, there are so many differences not just with people, but styles, buildings, streets, etc. I always hope it will be fun for my children to sort through my boxes of ideas.

How do you overcome creative blocks? Initially, I pout. Then, I panic a little bit. Next, I walk away and talk about my stagnancy. Then, I pick my camera up only to shoot nonsense. Eventually, I’ll get one that gives me goosebumps. Then another, and so on. Creative blocks are cycles. Patiently wait it out, and the groove comes back eventually.

Where did you study photography? Or are you self taught? I’m self taught, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t invested hours and hours into my work ~ seeing what others are shooting, tinkering with different toys and equipment, going to galleries and local shows, looking at websites, experimenting with different techniques, etc. My curiosity is ceaseless, and that’s something I hope never changes. I’m always learning something new, and there are SO many amazing artists to learn from outside of the classroom (however, this does not mean that I shun formal training. I would love to partake in that experience, as well).

What do you enjoy photographing most? You name it, I’ll shoot it. With that, I can’t say there is one thing that I love the most.

What motivates you to do what you do? My motivation comes from within. It clears my head and makes my spirit sing. Not to mention, there are so many aspects of the field that I have yet to explore, so curiosity.

Do you ever use your skill for a good cause? Shouldn’t we all use our skills for good causes? Of course, they tingle the insides, but it should be something one wants to share, as well. My most recent “good cause” was a fundraiser. Actually, now that I think about it, I’m constantly doing fundraisers. Hah ~ so, there ya go.

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